Advantages 6 months and I am still here
Disadvantages will I still be here in 6 months
So six months on and I am still with ciao. Have reached 20k points and popped my Ciao cherry so to speak what do I feel?I was going to one of the many challenges going around, but its not really my style, instead I thought I would do a Ciaoing experience with a bit more about me mixed in. I liken myself to an onion when it comes to speaking about me. I don't have a blog nor would I ever have one, but prefer to peel away a little skin, like the onion you get the papery out side and then you get to the thicker, juicy layers underneath.
So let's peel off a few more layers.How it all started
I had heard and used Ciao as a consumer when looking for a dishwasher a few years ago. At the time I did not really pay attention to the contributions made by the reviewers, mainly focusing on the price comparisons and the specs.It was while researching an investment opportunity that I discovered Ciao again. I had a little play around with the site and decided to register and see what it was all about.
Having rummaged around in review and survey sites for a month or so, and discovering the likes of Research Now were making money for old rope recruiting people for surveys and paying them next to nothing for hours of work, but never mind as there are plenty more who think they could do the same. Now Ciao is a bit of a different animal. It being a longer term player has built not only a loyal employee base, but one who do not mind working for small amounts of money.
The use of community and kudos has worked very well indeed; yes there is a churn of membership, but when I look at members' statistics and length of membership you have to marvel at how loyal you guys are.
Well the main thing you notice is the lack of contact and supervision from the employers, apart from the occasional invite to a survey, the odd newsletter and community announcement the site is self regulated and you get the impression that we all participate in the progress of each other, advising and encouraging.There is little abuse or bad feeling. I contribute to a number of financial chat/ bulletin boards and I can tell you that they are sometimes like a war zone, with members being removed and censored weekly. I have only seen a few spats on this site, and have only been subjected to a couple of revenge ratings.
Most people are keen to read and rate and leave comments, all of which I have found positive and friendly. There are some competitive aspects to the site, but they deal with this aspect in a responsible way. The premium fund and diamond scheme garnering support and congratulations from other members to those chosen ones each month.The gradual increase in community points also spurs members on, both through reading and publishing reviews in an effort to reach the next colour level.
So will Ciao continue to prosper?The market for consumer surveys and reviews shows no sign of diminishing, more and more new sites are popping up every month, some good, some not so good.
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